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Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 28, 2014, 11:28:41 PM »
MeFOTO Roadtrip: Hmmmm. This tripod looks the same like one of the Sirui Series ... Could this be?
http://www.sirui.eu/de/produkte/dreibeinstative/t0x-serie/

Actually, the Mefoto tripods should be fairly similar to Benro's products, since Benro owns the Mefoto brand.  Sirui must have added different colors in their products after Mefoto did (thought their tripods does look different)!  I'll definitely report back with my experiences on Mefoto. I'm leaning towards the CF Roadtrip, but the CF Globetrotter may also be an option.  The mefoto's seem to be highly reviewed everywhere, so I'm hoping for the best!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 01:34:17 PM »
Now I changed my mind and I think I'm going to go with the MeFOTO Roadtrip.  It is only slightly larger when folded than the Sirui, but has a much higher maximum height with and without using the center column.  Now my question is whether I should go with Carbon Fiber or Aluminum.  The Carbon Fiber weighs 3.1 pounds, while the aluminum weighs 3.6 pounds and the price difference is $140.  Do you think it is worth it to go with the Carbon Fiber for 1/2 pound difference?

Heres a link:  http://www.mefoto.com/products/roadtrip.aspx#Specifications

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:57:16 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions!  I'm not too tall, about 5'9", but I do recognize that the Sirui's (at least the travel one's) are short.  But I figure that I already have a tripod that reaches above 60", so I was looking more for portability than great height.  The MeFOTO tripod also looks like a good option, so I'll have to check that out as well.

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Software & Accessories / Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 26, 2014, 11:59:09 PM »
Hi guys,

I am in the market for a super-light travel tripod that I can easily stow in my luggage on trips and might actually use (my other tripod is pretty huge and heavy).  After my research I am now interested in the Sirui T-1205X travel tripod:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822142-REG/Sirui_BSRT1205_T_1205X_5_Section_Carbon_Fiber.html

I was wondering if anyone has any experience with any of these Sirui tripods, the reviews seem pretty good for this one.  If you have any other suggestions, I'm looking at around no more than $300 and I shoot generally with a 6D and 24-105mm lens.  Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: How low will it go? (50L)
« on: February 19, 2013, 11:58:19 PM »
Brand new, even with best rebates, you should not expect any lower than $1299 however long you wait... Used or refurbished it can be had for lower now.

Part of that high pricing can be due to that little extra magic some claim it produces and the rest certainly due to the branding and marketing by Canon. Beyond that I don't want to get into the value of this lens at that price and how much more or less you get compared to its cheaper, but definitely a well-performing cousin f1.4  That dead horse of a topic has been resurrected here more times than Betty White's career :)

I have noticed that as I have been doing my research!  I was leaning towards the 50 1.4, but after a bunch of research I decided that I should invest in a higher-quality lens for a focal length I plan on using a lot. 

I also just discovered a rebate on the Canon Pro-100, 10, or 1 printers when purchasing a Canon lens or Camera on Adorama and B&H.  You can get the Pro-100 printer for almost $100 with this rebate.  Pretty good deal for a $500 printer.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/FrameWork/Rebates_Promos/033113_CANON_PRO-100.pdf

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Lenses / How low will it go? (50L)
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:05:03 AM »
Hey guys,

I've been holding off on purchasing a 50L until the price dropped during a rebate program.  Right now Amazon just released that it will be selling it for $1399 on Feb. 24.  I remember early-mid December it was going for $1299, but I was too indecisive then to buy it!  Do you think this is as low as it will go or will competition continue to drive it down?

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Lenses / Re: Lens Rebates
« on: February 13, 2013, 05:06:06 PM »
Yes, there are often rebates in the late spring and in the summer.  Here's a historical list:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Rebates.aspx

Thanks Neuro, that was exactly what I was looking for.  It looks like I should expect a rebate sometime in early May.

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Lenses / Lens Rebates
« on: February 12, 2013, 11:43:26 PM »
Hi guys,

I am planning on buying a 50mm f/1.2L sometime later this spring/early summer.  I was wondering whether Canon historically has a summer or spring rebate program.  I know this lens was about $1299 during the holiday season, but I decided to get a 6D instead!

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Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 27, 2013, 01:02:36 AM »
For me it was my grandfather's decision.  My grandfather shot with Canon, my father shoots with Canon, and, subsequently, I shoot with Canon.  I have always used a Canon camera for my entire life and I can never imagine going to Nikon.  Though, a few Leica's have worked their way into our family!

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:51:51 PM »
Going to have to go with the 24-105.  It is definitely the most versatile lens I own and I can always rely on it for great pictures!

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Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 11, 2013, 06:05:04 PM »
I borrowed a 50 f/1.4 from a friend when I went on vacation over the weekend, and I think I probably used it about 50% of the time along with my 24-105.  Whenever I knew I was going to be indoors or in a more low-light area I took the 50, and it made a huge difference.  Though, I feel the 24-105 is the best lens for walking around, especially when you don't know what you'll be shooting.  Given that I used the 50 so much, I am now leaning towards getting a 50L.  If this is going to be one of my primary lenses, I would most definitely want the best quality.  All of the advice has been extremely helpful!

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Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:33:37 AM »
I tried out a 50mm f/1.4 earlier tonight and I feel like that is the best option right now.  The cost of the 35L is too high considering an update is looming.  The 50 definitely feels a little fragile compared to a sturdy L lens, but the cost definitely makes up for that.  The performance is pretty impressive, much better than I had expected, and I feel like the focal length is just right for everyday shooting.  I still feel like 35 mm will be a nice focal length down the road.

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Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 02, 2013, 07:27:21 PM »
Save your $ and go for an original 70-200 IS f/2.8L or the 70-200 f/4l.  Great new and used copies are still available.

I plan on buying the new 70-200 down the road, but I really think I would get more use out of a prime right now.  I have used the 70-200 f/2.8L and I most definitely see the value in it.

buy the 35mm f2.0 and the 50mm f1.8 - great prime lenses with minimal expense.

I would strongly suggest against the 35 f/2 on a FF body. 

Are you against the lens itself or the focal length on a FF body?

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Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 02, 2013, 06:20:02 PM »
Now I am leaning towards the 50 mm f/1.4!  I will definitely try to test one out before I decide. 

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Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:12:00 PM »
Have you tried the 50mm on your 6D, mine feels very usuable now compared to on my previous crop camera.  Alternatively, you could try a cheap and cheerful. f2 35mm or the 40mm pancake ?

I haven't tried a 50 yet, but I plan on trying one soon.  I had thought about the 40 mm; it's so small I could carry it in my pocket when shooting!

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